Opera Festival: “Consonance”
A great celebration for opera
by the Onassis Scholars' Association
comes to the Onassis Cultural Centre
on Wednesday, 10 December 2014, at 19.30
“Consonance” – Onassis Cultural Centre- Athens, Main Stage - 10 December 2014
The Onassis Cultural Centre welcomes a music festival entitled “Consonance”, on Wednesday December 10. A multitude of Onassis Scholars will meet on stage to lead us through the power of rhythm and the charm of opera to a unique music wandering.
The “Consonance” Festival starts at 19.30 with the Athens Percussion Group followed by two brilliant operas under the music direction of Zoe Zeniodi and the stage direction of Marco Pelle and Massimiliano Volpini.
19.30: During the first part of the festival, the Athens Percussion Group mallet percussion quartet presents two important pieces, Quartet No1 by one of the leading romantic compositors, the Norwegian Edvard Grieg, whose music forms part of the worldwide standard classical repertoire, and Antonín Dvořák’s Quartet No12.
Antonín Dvořák's music style has been described as “the fullest recreation of a national idiom with that of the symphonic tradition, absorbing folk influences and finding effective ways of using them”.
Duration of the performance: 60 min.
21.00: During the second part of the festival, Kostis Kritsotakis's opera “Raven” (libretto by Nina Rapti) based on the poem by Edgar Allan Poe will premiere. This mysterious and full of darkness piece will be followed by the famous “Maria de Buenos Aires” tango opera with music by Ástor Piazzolla and libretto by Horacio Ferrer. It is the only opera written by the Argentine composer; it follows the structure of ancient tragedy and it addresses love, destiny, punishment, injustice, death, redemption and, ultimately, salvation. This passionate music follows the life of Maria, the tragic figure of a prostitute that is born and dies in the streets of the sensuous city.
These works shall be presented under the music and artistic direction of Zoe Zeniodi and the stage direction of the famous choreographer Marco Pelle.
A few words about the Athens Percussion Group
The Athens Percussion Group was formed in 2014 by a team of prominent percussion soloists with years of experience both in orchestral and in chamber music. Their main aim is the dissemination of classical music to a wider audience, through mallet percussion instruments and vice versa, i.e., the dissemination of these instruments via classical music.
The need for a new approach to classical music, for a ground-breaking perspective, having as a vehicle the percussion's sound colours, urged the members of the Athens Percussion Group to create a group that is unique in its kind and that offers music performances of the highest level to the audience, as well as an unforgettable experience.
A few words about Marco Pelle and Zoe Zeniodi
For many years now, Marco Pelle has directed and choreographed various productions at the Opéra National de Paris, at the Florida Grand Opera, at the New York City Ballet, and the National Centre for the Performing Arts of Beijing, among others. He has also choreographed Roberto Bolle and Polina Semionova in the short film “Passage” that opened the Venice Film Festival in September 2013 with music by Fabrizio Ferri and was presented live at Arena di Verona in the summer of 2014.
Zoe Zeniodi is conductor of the Florida Grand Opera and artistic director and conductor of the Broward Symphony Orchestra and the Alhambra Orchestra in Florida. She has conducted the Brno Philharmonic, the Cleveland Orchestra, the NERIT National Symphony Orchestra of Greece, the City of Thessaloniki Symphony Orchestra, the New Florida Philharmonic, the National Youth Orchestra of Spain and Palm Beach Symphony among others. She has recorded 3 CDs with Albany Records. As a pianist she has appeared in the biggest concert halls of Europe (Royal Festival Hall, Internationales Theater Frankfurt, Montpellier Festival, Lisinski Concert Hall, Athens and Thessaloniki Concert Halls).
Aggeliki Kathariou, Maria (Maria de Buenos Aires),
Myrsini Margariti, Lenore (Raven)
Dionysis Tsantinis, Poet (Raven), Cantor (Maria de Buenos Aires)
Nikos Painezis, Narrator (Raven), Duende (Maria de Buenos Aires)
Natalia Geraki, flute
Kostas Raptis, bandoneon
Sergiu Nastaza, violin
Otilia Alitei, violin
Aggela Giannaki, viola
Alexandros Botinis, violoncello
Vasilis Papavasileiou, contrabass
Alexandros Drymonitis, guitar
Konstantinos Botinis, percussion
Theodor Milkov, percussion
Spyros Souladakis, piano
Kostis Kritsotakis, piano
Zoe Zeniodi, Music and Artistic Direction
Marco Pelle, Direction
Massimiliano Volpini, Scenic Design/ Lighting
Nikos Painezis, Choir conductor
Spyros Souladakis, Music coaching
Nina Rapti, Raven Libretto
Horacio Ferrer, Maria de Buenos Aires Libretto
Choir: Foteini Athanassaki, Athina Dimitrakopoulou, Spyros Kostis, Natalia Bozika, Marina Papantonaki, Christina Poupalou, Stratis Stil, Marilena Striftobola, Petros Chytiris.
Dancers: Chryssoula Visia Antoniou, Debbie Kyriakidi, Danae Pappa, Eliza Tsolakou, Yannis Lavner, Yannis Mitrakis, Ivan Nechitaylenko, Spyros Sagias